Challenges affecting programme beneficiary wellbeing through the use of non-contributory government cash support

Stream: International social policy
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 10.55 am – 12.35 pm


The literature reveals institutional, administrative and financial challenges that obstruct successful implementation of social protection interventions at the macro level. However, at the micro level, there is a relative dearth of evidence on beneficiary challenges within developing country social assistance schemes despite the plethora and interest in economic impact evaluations. Social protection interventions at the micro level are often mentioned without any in-depth understanding or investigation.

Reflecting this, the key objective of this paper is to provide in-depth analysis of the challenges beneficiaries face in enhancing their wellbeing as they use Ghana’s Government Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash supports. The paper extensively draws data from 15 in-depth interviews and supplemented with 322 survey respondents collected in the KEEA district in Ghana. Key challenges identified include lack of information and knowledge on LEAP; limited productive-enhancing services; intra- and inter-household division, community stigma and payment related issues. Paying greater attention to these challenges and shortcomings that limit beneficiaries’ ability to meet sufficient levels of wellbeing can strengthen policy and programme effectiveness. This thought is in line with calls for beneficiary participation in development programme implementation process (Samuel and Jones, 2013; DFID, 2011; World Bank, 2009). The findings provide additional insights highlighting the practical everyday challenges beneficiaries’ face in participating in cash transfer programmes in developing countries.


Kennedy Osei (Presenter), University of Queensland
I am in my 3rd year of a PhD thesis in the area of Development policy at the University of Queenslan. Prior to this I have completed MSc. Project Planning and Management at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. To my credit are:

Co-investigator, Assessing 30 Years of Intestate Succession Law (PNDC 111), National comprehensive conference research paper, March, 2016,by Kennedy Osei and Juliana Coughlin.

Co-investigator, Emerging Child Protection Issues in Ghana, National comprehensive conference research paper, June, 2016, . by Kennedy Osei and Juliana Coughlin.
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